Cleveland, OH, United States (4E Sports) – The Cleveland Indians have acquired outfielder Jason Kubel from the Arizona Diamondbacks for a player to be named later.
The Diamondbacks designated Kubel for assignment Tuesday when the team needed to clear a spot on the 25-man roster for left-hander David Holmberg, who was called up from Double-A to start that night.
The 31-year-old Kubel is in the final year of a two-year, $16 million contract and is making $7.5 million in 2013. There is a mutual option for $7.5 million for ’14, which includes a $1 million buyout.
Together with Kubel, the Indians will receive cash from the D-backs to offset the remaining salary and likely buyout.
Kubel has battled a variety of leg ailments this season. After slugging 30 homers and compiling an .833 on-base plus slugging for the D-backs in 2012, he slumped to a slash line of .220/.288/.324 this year.
“Just trying to stay healthy and stay in the lineup, it was a rough year for that,” Kubel said of his struggles. “It’s hard to figure everything out; I just couldn’t put together why it happened.”
“It’s tough, but it’s part of the business. I wasn’t helping my case anyways. That’s just how it is, I’ll just try to keep going,” he added.
The Indians need another hitter as they push for a spot in the postseason. On Friday, the Indians open a critical three-game road series with the first-place Tigers, who hold a 6 1/2-game lead on the Indians in the AL Central.
The Indians’ offense has labored in August, ranking last in the AL in average (.227), on-base percentage (.295), slugging percentage (.354) and runs scored (85) for the month.
“I’m confident I can still play, but we’ll see if I get a chance,” Kubel said. “Hopefully I can play some meaningful games for somebody else.”